DAF-Marseille Secretary

  • rsvped for DAF AIX MARSEILLE CHAPTER ELECTION & MEETING 2021-02-11 13:17:21 -0500



    The Leadership Election for the Aix Marseille Chapter of Democrats Abroad France will take place on March 13th. This leadership group will serve all Aix Marseille DAF members living in AIx Marseille (PACA) . Please join us for this election and meeting! You will be able to virtually meet other DAF Aix Marseille members, hear about our organizing efforts in Marseille over the past year this historic election year, and what the year ahead will hold, and also hear speeches from the candidates running for office, and elect your new Chapter Leadership!

    You must be a member of DAF Aix Marseille in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by Friday March 12th. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Email the Aix Marseille Election Board [email protected]

    For more information about the Call for Candidates, please see here.

    All voting will be done online. Early voting will be available, and as such, nominations will not be made floor. The voting period will conclude on March 13th after candidate speeches.

    If you are a member of DAF-Aix Marseille and do not receive a link to the online election but would like one, please contact the DA France Aix Marseille Election Board [email protected]

    March 13, 2021 at 2pm
    Marseille, Bouches de Rhone 13007
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  • published Chapter Elections - Call for Candidacies! in News 2019-02-20 13:36:07 -0500

    Chapter Elections - Call for Candidacies!

    Our actions happen thanks to the strong efforts of a vibrant team. With Democrats taking over the House of Representatives in 2019, we must keep the momentum of our voices being heard loud and clear.

    Our work abroad has a big impact on US elections! And we can do more.

    The time has come again for our own, Democrats Abroad France – Aix-Marseille Chapter’s Executive Committee elections.

    We are officially calling for candidates for the following positions:

    • Chair
    • Vice-Chair
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Up to six members at large

    Please take the time to consider the possibility of dedicating time to our Executive Committee for a two-year term. If you have questions about the roles and responsibilities of these positions, please respond to this email and we will get back to you.

    All of us can do something no matter how big or small to support our party. Our volunteers each contribute what they can, and this is what makes our team so special. We hope that you’ll show your enthusiasm and support.

    In order to successfully organize these elections, we are establishing a deadline for reception of candidacies. To have your name on the ballot, thank you for submitting the following before March 1st 2019:

    • your name
    • the position you wish to run for
    • a brief statement of your interest (150 words maximum) just expressing why you'd like to join the team!

    Your candidacy submission can easily be done by sending it to our Election Officer:

    Janice Nagourney: [email protected]

    So please mark on your calendar the date our elections will formally be held: March 30th 2019. We will make an event of it with a film projection of the play, Ann – a portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary governor of Texas – in Aix-en-Provence. Click here for more information:


    This will be a great opportunity to meet other members, as we are a diverse and talented community!

    Voting will also be possible electronically, and by post.

    We hope many of you will submit your candidacies for our new ExCom. More than ever, we need to act now to keep the momentum going! Joining the Aix-Marseille Chapter team is a rewarding way to do so.


  • Chapter Elections and Film Projection of the play, "Ann" on Saturday March 30 in Aix-en-Provence

    Come vote for your Chapter's ExCom in person. Bring your ID. Meet other Dems and enjoy a projection of the play, Ann, about the famous Texas governor Ann Richards. Our member Jim Lovell, who worked with the Governor for many years, will introduce the film.

    La Mado
    4 place des Prêcheurs
    Aix-en-Provence 13100

    On Saturday 30 March, 2019. Voting open at 3 pm, film starts at 5 pm (two hours long).

    ANN is a no-holds-barred portrait of Ann Richards, the legendary first elected woman governor of Texas. This inspiring and hilarious play brings us face to face with a complex, colorful and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed. Remembered for many things not the least of which was her memorable keynote speech at the 1988 Democratic Convention, in which she famously quipped, among other things, "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” Written and performed by Emmy® Award winner and Tony nominee Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men"), ANN takes a revealing look at the impassioned woman who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family.

    After playing throughout Texas to sold-out audiences, ANN went on to win critical acclaim in Chicago, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Now this extraordinary play directed by Benjamin Endsley Klein which appeared on Broadway in an unforgettable performance that The New York Times called, “frank, funny and warm. As Ann Richards, Holland Taylor is a FIERY DYNAMO.” Will be shown in a film taped live from Broadway at La Mado in Aix-en-Provence on March 30th at 5 pm.

    La Mado
    4 place des Prêcheurs
    Aix-en-Provence 13100

    Contact: Pamela King  0627282860


  • Photos: Marseille Chapter Collaborates with IAU and the US Consulate

    October 3rd, 2018 at the Institute for American Universities at Aix-en-Provence: Talk with Amy Anne Below on "Why Your Voice Is Essential, Free Speech and the Survival of Democracy”.

    Emphasizing the non-partisan aspect of encouraging ALL people to vote no matter for whom they would like to vote allowed us to form a collaboration with the Institute of American Universities and the US Consulate General in Marseille. Both VFA and the Federal Voting Assistance Program were used to get dozens of students to register to vote, not only on the evening of the event, but for three days at IAU, where there were computers installed around campus with the two sites on the screens. Many emails were sent out by the Dean of IAU, Leigh Smith, and teachers talked about the event in their classes and assigned homework based on the talk. So it turned into a three-day event culminating in the talk with Amy Below. About 80 people were there. 

    Many thanks to the participants: SIMON HANKINSON, the US Consul General in Marseille; CHOUROUK FARHAT, the Special Consular Services Assistant of American Citizen Services at the Consulate; AMY ANNE BELOW, US Government expert from Paris; LEIGH SMITH, Dean of IAU; PHILIP BREEDEN, Vice-President for Administration at IAU.

                                                                                                Chourouk Farhat, US CG Simon Hankinson, Amy Anne Below

                                                                     Chourouk Farhat, Simon Hankinson, Amy Anne Below, Philip Breeden, Leigh Smith

    The students had lots of questions, and since they are our future, this is food for thought:

    - What difference can I really make from abroad in my own county when I vote from far away and don’t know much about local politics there?

    - The problem of voter oppression – not only the frustration concerning gerrymandering and the cheating, but also the general feeling of oppression, feeling that one can’t make a difference.

    - The problem of saturation – being inundated with news and information, and the feeling of being on overload.

    - What am I going to get out of it? What will the government do for me?

                                                                          Amy Anne Below                                                                       Chourouk Farhat and Simon Hankinson


  • Great Article in Local Newspaper about our Conference on 3rd October in Aix

    The French people of Aix are interested in American politics! The local newspaper, La Provence, ran an article about our Midterm Elections, VoteFromAbroad, and the talk we are holding on October 3rd, with Amy Anne Below speaking on the issue of Free Speech. 

    Many thanks to Joel Luboff for his connections with the French press!

                       Read the article online here


  • published Phone Banking Day - GOTV in News 2018-08-26 12:47:15 -0400

    Phone Banking Day - GOTV

    What a success! On 25 August, five members of our Chapter (clockwise, ExCom members Susan Fitoussi, Joel Luboff, Pamela King, Karen Wildau, as well as Judy Godfrey) contacted 400 members to make sure they were registered to vote in the Midterms. Many thanks to Karen for her beautiful home and fig ice cream! More people are registered now thanks to our calls...


  • SAVE THE DATE Wednesday 3 October for a great Get Out The Vote Event!





    for a talk with

    Amy Anne Below

    MAT and specialist in American Politics and Government


    "Why Your Voice Is Essential:

    Free Speech and the Survival of Democracy"

    with the participation of

    Philip Breeden

    Vice President of Administration and professor of IAU

    Leigh Smith

    PhD, Dean and professor of IAU

    and special guest

    The Consul General of the US in Marseille,

    Simon Hankinson

    Exact address to be announced.


    But don't wait till then!

    Go to VoteFromAbroad.org

    now to register!!



  • published Article in La Provence-Aix on the March in Aix in News 2018-03-25 08:38:57 -0400

    Article in La Provence-Aix on the March in Aix

    You can read the article on below, or on line here:



  • published 150 People at the March in Aix! in News 2018-03-25 08:26:10 -0400

    150 People at the March in Aix!

    March For Our Lives hit the streets of Aix-en-Provence with more than a hundred people marching to support the students. We filled the streets with music (including Lin Manuel Miranda's latest "Found/Tonight" that he wrote just for this event) and anti-NRA chants, turning heads and drawing people out of their homes and shops as we wound our way to the Rally Square.

    Many thanks to Robert Hale for his excellent photos!

    Psychology Professor James A. Shepperd from the University of Florida joined us to say a few words at the end-of-march rally, encouraging us to vote, and to contact our representatives. 

    The words of survivor/activist Sarah Chadwick inspired our march as we set out:

    "NEVER AGAIN should a child be afraid to go to school. NEVER AGAIN should students have to protest for their lives. NEVER AGAIN should an innocent life be taken while trying to gain an education. NEVER AGAIN should I feel guilty to be alive because Peter, Carmen, Scott, Feiss, Hickson, Meadow, Jamie, Alyssa, Joaquin, Helena, Nick, Alana, Cara, Martin, Luke, Gina and Alex are not. That is why we have organized this revolution. For them. A revolution created by students, for students.”

    BRAVO and THANKS to all the people from all over the region who turned up, including from Arles, Avignon and as far away as Nice! It was a tremendous event thanks to every ONE of you. 


  • "Understanding", by Dr James A. Shepperd, Prof of Psychology of Univ of Florida

    We are delighted to announce that Professor James A. Shepperd, visiting from FL,  will join us in our march and will say a few words at the end. 

    Pr Shepperd is the R. David Thomas Endowed Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida. He has a PhD is in Social Psychology from the University of Missouri, and has written over a 100 peer-reviewed publications, several of them about gun violence. We are presenting here is most recent article, "Understanding the Gun Divide in America":


  • Talk with Wolfgang Cramer, Climate and Biodiversity Scientist – Making a Difference, One by One!

    Rarely has a talk on climate change been so clear! On March 10th, Professor of Global Ecology Wolfgang Cramer, expert on climate change and deputy director of the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie Marine et Continentale (IMBE) in Aix, took us step by step through today's most important issues concerning the ecological state of our world. Cars - the sea level - the Antarctic - the Paris Agreement were just some of the topics touched by Prof Cramer who opened our eyes to new information. The political implications were clear - What kind of planet will we leave for our grandchildren? Our actions today - as small as they may be - whether choosing a bike over a car or casting a vote! - DO make a difference and will decide our future.


    Professor Wolfgang Cramer

    The audience at the Mado café in Aix was extremely attentive. We were honored to have Prof Cramer talk to us. Many thanks to Karen and Robert Wildau for organizing this great moment.

    20 attentive listeners at the Mado Café in Aix-en-Provence


  • published Great Cabaret evening with STEFAN BEDNARCZYK! in News 2018-01-30 17:53:37 -0500

    Great Cabaret evening with STEFAN BEDNARCZYK!

    We linked up with our friends in the Avignon Chapter for this successful evening. This new theater in Avignon is beautiful!


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  • published Thanksgiving Dinner in News 2017-12-21 13:37:54 -0500

    Thanksgiving Dinner

    40 members of Democrats Abroad France-Marseille enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner together. Guests included Avignon Chapter Chair Joan Jarowski. Thanks again to our Vice-Chair Rick Harrison and his organic restaurant for an excellent meal and a most convivial atmosphere.   


  • published WELCOME TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD MARSEILLE! in News 2017-11-05 11:55:02 -0500



    Welcome to Democrats Abroad Marseille!

    DA Marseille is a chapter of DA France, the official country committee for US Democrats living in France. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch. If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Marseille, please contact us.

    Pamela King, Chapter Chair 

    Democrats Abroad Marseille

  • published Marjorie Spruill Speaks to 45 on Divided We Stand in News 2017-09-21 12:31:50 -0400

    Marjorie Spruill Speaks to 45 on Divided We Stand

    Professor Marjorie Spruill spoke last night at the Institute for American Studies to a rapt audience of students, teachers and members of our chapter. 

    Marjorie Spruill: "We shall go forth."

    She brilliantly showed us where a source of our deeply divided nation can be found by taking us step by step through the history of the women's movement. Members of the audience included former Minister Counselor in the US Foreign Service, Philip Breeden, who helped organize the event, Aurélie Delaissez-Forstall who takes care of Public Affairs at the US Consul General in Marseille, and the directors of several study abroad institutions in town such as Wellesley and CSU. 

    Dr. Spruill's husband, historian Don Doyle, and some of the the crowd.

    Dean of IAU Leigh Smith introduces Marjorie Spruill.


  • published Mi Casa Tu Casa with Senator Elizabeth Warren in News 2017-09-17 12:13:22 -0400

    Mi Casa Tu Casa with Senator Elizabeth Warren

    DAF-M member Tashina Giraud hosted a perfect House Party to greet Elizabeth Warren live in Marseille during our across-the-globe Webinar on Sunday 17 September.  Sen. Warren was as inspiring as ever.

    Many thanks to Tashina for her warm hospitality and her Mi Casa Tu Casa (in honor of the dreamers) spirit!


  • published Resistance Summer in Marseille in News 2017-09-07 09:54:50 -0400

    Resistance Summer in Marseille


    Philip Breeden, former Minister Counselor in the US Foreign Service, spoke to 35 people in the Marseille Chapter about Resisting Trump on Labor Day weekend. The questions following the excellent talk were as varied and expert as the delicious dishes of the potluck that day! Many thanks to all, and to Philip for his skilled participation.